Glider Crashes into Lake Tahoe, Pilot Miraculously Uninjured

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A glider crashed into Lake Tahoe near King’s Beach on Saturday. | Photo courtesy KTVN 2 News.

Local paddleboarders were stunned when a huge splash occurred out of nowhere on Lake Tahoe, California after a glider attempted an emergency landing and crashed into it. Somehow, the pilot was uninjured and was then rescued with the help of Tahoe-officials and bystanders.

The United States Coast Guard Station on Lake Tahoe and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a glider making an emergency landing at 4:30 p.m. Saturday about 100 yards offshore and approximately 400 yards east of Kings Beach, according to an eyewitness who emailed the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Coast guards recover the crashed glider. | Photo courtesy KTVN 2 News.

The Sheriff’s Office rescued the pilot while the Coast Guard towed the glider to shore with the help of some local paddleboarders, according to the Tribune. 

“Great team effort with our government partner and local residents of the Tahoe basin,” Coast Guard officials said in a social media post.

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